Posts from June, 2011

June “Foodportunity”

Seattle foodie extraordinaire and one of my fave Seattle foodies is at it again! Frantic Foodie Keren Brown organized another “Foodportunity” in Seattle. Make sure to mark your calendars for Monday, June 13th from 6:00 – 9:00pm at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom!

“Foodportunity” always features an amazing line-up of talented and tasty people. This line-up will be delicious! A group of experts in the field of gardening, foraging, cheese making and beekeeping will be available for questions and conversation in the lounge of the Palace Ballroom between 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The event will have:

  • Amy Pennington, creator and owner of Gogogreengarden.com, www.UrbanGardenShare.org and author of recently released “Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home” and “Urban Pantry” (published 2010).
  • Kurt Timmermeister, author of recently released “Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land;” professional cheese maker and the mastermind behind Kurtwood Farms www.kurtwoodfarms.com.
  • Corky Luster, AMD Visionary of the Year 2011 nominee, bee keeper and founder of Ballard Bee Company at www.BallardBeeCompany.com.
  • Langdon Cook, foraging expert and author of “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager,”(published 2009) www.fat-of-the-land.blogspot.com, and columnist for Seattle Magazine

“Foodportunity” tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. Make sure you grab them today!

Posted by Kathy Casey on June 7th, 2011  |  Comments Off |  Posted in Foodie News, Recent Posts

Springing into Summer…

Today we have guest blogger Courtney Randall! She is an avid cocktail enthusiast and has been doing posts on her blog Cocktail Quest since 2009. Though her first introduction to classic cocktails came in the form of the Sidecar, it was really Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwarz’s Art of the Bar that compelled her to explore all things related to cocktails. No cocktail has since been safe from her shaker! Welcome Courtney and I hope you all enjoy her post and her cocktail… I know I did! – Kathy

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Spring has come to Seattle, or at least the calendar says it has. With my winter jacket prematurely stored, every morning I still leave the house and my breath fogs in the cold morning air. Spring is present in name only. I have started daydreaming about wearing suede shoes, not carrying an umbrella, and all things citrus, summery and bright.

These days the muddler has become a permanent fixture by my sink and rosemary, basil, and even parsley have crept into such familiar cocktail standbys like the Sherry Cobbler, French 75, or even a basic sour. In the springtime, everything looks better in green.

Of late, I’ve been reading about balsamic vinegar syrups, muddled lemongrass, and fruit vinegar syrups called shrub in the tireless search for new cocktail ideas. And suddenly, inspiration hit: why not cilantro? Cilantro is usually used in savory combinations, but it goes just as well with mango and pineapple. But in my mind I saw cilantro with strawberries. While it’s true that those two ingredients mix well together, a successful cocktail hinges on more than just muddled fruits and herbs. I needed a blueprint. Whenever I am constructing a new drink, I try to find an appropriate model to use as a jumping off point, at least for the proportions. Once the foundation for a drink is set, it is that much easier to innovate. The Sangre de Fresa from the Art of the Bar seemed to fit perfectly for my new drink, as it combines strawberries and a muddled herb in a refreshing summery way. It is also served over ice with a club soda top, which is what I had initially envisioned for my creation. Once I had a basic recipe, I could start tinkering and really explore the flavors.

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Fresh strawberries budding in!

The main decisions were easy. I had some pepper syrup in the refrigerator that seemed like it would work and I knew I wanted to use cachaca for the base. I just love drinks with lots of flavor. But then I hit a minor road block.

Sometimes a model doesn’t produce the drink you initially wanted to create. I wanted a dry, refreshing, bubbly libation, but when I used the Sange de Fresa blueprint the drink was too strawberry-focused. All of the other elements were eclipsed. It was time to change course. The daiquiri is a perfect example of a dry refreshing cocktail, and I decided to match its sweet-to-sour ratio. By decreasing the amount of strawberry and increasing the lime juice and syrup, I was able to regain refreshing. But something was still missing. With all of the major ingredients in place, it came down to “seasoning” and that means bitters. Often it is the smallest ingredients that pull a drink together and give it necessary depth. The addition of the orange bitters and Campari brought the drink into balance and added an unexpected hint of bitterness. With drink in hand, it’s time to sit back and dream of warmer temperatures; they’ll be here eventually.

Cheers! – Courtney Randall

Strawberry Cilantro Fizz edit

Strawberry Cilantro Fizz
Makes 1 drink

1 strawberry hulled and quartered
Leaves from 8 sprigs of cilantro
3/4 oz Cracked Black Peppercorn Syrup (recipe follows)
1 1/2 oz Novo Fogo silver cachaca
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/8 oz Campari
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
2 oz club soda
Garnish: half a strawberry, small sprig of cilantro

Muddle strawberry, cilantro and peppercorn syrup in a mixing glass. Add the other ingredients, fill with ice, cap and shake. Double strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a half strawberry, a small sprig of cilantro.

Recipe by Courtney Randall

Cracked Black Peppercorn Syrup
Makes about 1 1/2 cups syrup

2 Tbsp. whole black peppercorns
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Crush peppercorns then add to a small sauce pan with the sugar and water. Stir. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve, transfer to a bottle, and refrigerate for up to three weeks.

Posted by Kathy Casey on June 2nd, 2011  |  Comments Off |  Posted in Recent Posts

Tippling with Tom Bulleit

Today we have Sous Chef Travis Childers guest blogging about his recent adventure at a Bulleit Bourbon event!

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Most recently I had the extreme pleasure of lunching with Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon. Tom was kind enough to come up here to the Emerald City to show off his latest wares; namely, the new Bulleit Rye Whiskey. While his bourbon was already known for its higher-than-average rye content, his latest tipple goes all out, with a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. I could go on about all the numbers, but this is one libation that can definitely speak for itself.

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Among most bourbon brands you can find some subtle differences, yet many more similarities. Rye whiskeys on the other hand are as unique as snowflakes … delicious, spicy snowflakes. For many years bourbon was king, but with the return of the craft bartender and a renewed respect for the complexities of the cocktail, rye whiskeys are enjoying a renaissance. The new Bulleit Rye is bound to find itself leading the pack in no time.

Indeed, Malt Advocate Magazine describes it as “Bold enough for cocktails. Mature enough to drink neat (or on the rocks).” When Tom was asked how he personally thinks his whiskeys should be served his response was “Drink it how you like it [...] Dad and I drank it on the rocks, Mom liked to add a little water, and my aunt, a catholic nun, always drank it straight.”  – Travis

Posted by Kathy Casey on June 1st, 2011  |  Comments Off |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts
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